Opinion

In the fight for $15 minimum wage, this small Kihei business says yes

Columns

It is often said that small businesses cannot afford another hike in the minimum wage. My husband, who is my business partner, and I could not disagree more. Not because we are pious but because we are pragmatic. Small businesses benefit from paying their employees. Here’s how. We bought ...

Fallout from missile alert reveals troubled society

Letters to the Editor

An aftermath of the missile attack alert here underlined what a deeply troubled society ours is: The worker who mistakenly sent the false alert received death threats. America is a violence- and death-obsessed country where common decency and respect for life, for humans and all living ...

New minimum wage law is the bare minimum

Letters to the Editor

If you’re looking for a job, I may know about one for you. Here’s the deal: You’ll be putting in 40 hours a week. It’s hard work most of the time and it’s hot, repetitious and sometimes dirty work. The job pays minimum wage. That means if you stick it out for a full year, you will ...

Learn from the past and avoid trouble in the future

Letters to the Editor

The recent false missile alert shows how fragile our existence here is and how our peace can be upended in short order. It is hopeful to recall that several Jesuit priests survived the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. One explained: “We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home.” Fast ...

2-person, 2-key suggestion may prevent false alerts

Letters to the Editor

I’m sure U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz means well, but putting the responsibility for issuing alerts at the federal level sounds like it might take longer to broadcast. If so, with 15- to 20-minute estimated time to shelter, seconds count. The two-person, two-key suggestion sounds like an ...

Maui’s most controversial permit was approved in only 29 minutes

Columns

It’s a matter of basic human decency to show respect toward each other’s ancestral remains. The Central Maui sand dunes are the resting place for thousands of iwi kupuna (ancestral bones), but landowner Maui Lani Partners has been allowed to illegally mine hundred of thousands of tons of ...

Super week is upon us

Editorial

Try as one might to remember that the Super Bowl is just a football game and that all the hoopla surrounding it is merely marketing hype, it is impossible not to get caught up in the excitement and enjoyment of the week. This year’s contest is the 52nd such game and features the ...

Biblical concepts are the best choice of governance

Letters to the Editor

An official government shutdown and starting anew is appealing. A compelling alternative is a “government upon His (Jesus’) shoulders” (Isaiah). Real change occurs when hearts and minds are transformed. Congress sanctioned the actions of businessmen, church leaders and military ...

‘Rules’ used to attack global warming deniers

Letters to the Editor

The Jan. 24 editorial about Saul Alinsky’s book “Rules for Radicals” and how these rules are used as weapons against opponents without having to address the issue was enlightening. In simple terms, SA’s rules advise you to attack the author, not the subject matter. A very good example ...

Disappointed in coverage of Maui Women’s March

Letters to the Editor

I was disappointed in your coverage of the Maui Women’s March on Jan. 20. You chose to send two male reporters who failed to understand or communicate what was newsworthy at the event. Rather than interviewing the thousands of women who marched in solidarity and good humor, they focused ...

Sharing Mana‘o

Columns

A reader asked me about a recent column in which I shared my mother’s descriptions of some old photos. On the back of a scenic snapshot, Mom had written “The foreground stinks like Kanaha Pond!” Those words put a smile on my face and a long-forgotten scent in my head that old-time ...

A sign of progress?

Editorial

Well, the construction of the new high school for South Maui continues at breakneck speed. As we reported last January, less than two decades after it was first proposed and two years after the groundbreaking attended by a passel of politicians, there is a little blue sign on the site of the ...

State plan moves traffic jam to main intersection

Letters to the Editor

I agree wholeheartedly with a Jan. 19 letter writer that the Lahaina bypass need not be complicated. A four-lane thoroughfare from “cut mountain” to Honokowai, with a few on/off ramps (overpasses). After all, this is the 21st century. What do we do with the traffic mess we have on the ...

Statutes don’t give Department of Taxation math error authority

Columns

The National Taxpayer Advocate recently produced a “Purple Book” containing her top 50 recommendations for the IRS. One of them concerned “math error authority,” which brought to mind one of the failings in Hawaii’s tax system. On the federal side, disputes between the IRS and ...

Signs should have been the message in article

Letters to the Editor

I’m writing in regard to the Jan. 21 news coverage of the Women’s March on Jan. 20. The newspaper picture and text focused a lot on the presence of three loud, angry protesters, who clearly had a different message than that of the many marchers, women, men and children. The irony lay in ...

Nuclear disarmament is the only realistic path

Letters to the Editor

On Jan. 21, The Maui News printed a front-page story titled “Surviving the Fallout,” referencing the recent erroneous missile attack warning. I believe that this article, which gave instructions for where people might shelter in case a real nuclear-armed ballistic missile were incoming, is ...

Keawe Street roadwork should be done at night

Letters to the Editor

Why is the busiest intersection in Lahaina having construction from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.? The Keawe Street work should be done at night, from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Not only is this part of the bypass work going to be an ongoing nightmare once done, they are also going to make us suffer through ...

Maui Connections

Columns

Last November I had the pleasure of interviewing Taane Mete, co-founder and director of Okareka Dance Company, about its production of “Mana Wahine” that travels from its New Zealand home to Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8. I also spoke to Ananya ...

Head Start goes to college

Columns

At University of Hawaii Maui College, a free on-campus preschool is provided to children of college students and local families by Maui Economic Opportunity’s Head Start center. This center stands out as a shining example of Head Start’s brilliant strategy to engage the community in ...

Role models needed

Editorial

How does a juvenile in today’s complex world find a hero — or at least a role model — he or she can relate to? Certainly, growing up in the ’50s and ’60s one was taught such ideals exist. For males, there were literary heroes like Chip Hilton and Bronc Burnett. If you were female, ...